Feb 24 2009
This post almost didn’t make it ladies. When I design the purses, luggage and wallets, I start out with a rough sketch of what I want and create pattern pieces similar to that of sewing a garment. As I continue with the design, I usually make adjustments and alter several of the pattern pieces. Usually by the time I’ve finished the design, the first template has so many alterations, it’s unusable for a tutorial; hence the need to re-create the pattern pieces. I sat down Friday night and began work on a new template for this post.
Saturday, I cut pieces to make three more wallets and took these photos as I went along. I apologize for the quality of these shots. I don’t have sufficient lighting in my stamping room and I don’t have enough room to create an area for photo shoots using artificial lighting.
By Saturday evening I had completed the wallets and uploaded the pictures on my laptop to begin the process of editing in Photoshop, placing my watermark on them, and resizing them. Sunday, after church, I moved the pictures into my blog. Once there, I realized they were too small to see the writing on the template so I deleted them and went back to Photoshop and started the process all over again sizing the pictures large enough to see the writing on the template. I then moved the pictures back to my blog only to discover that about 25% of the picture had run off into the right margin and couldn’t be seen. So Sunday evening, I deleted everything once again and went back to Photoshop to resize the photos so that they would be large enough to see the writing, but small enough to fit within the margins. No matter what size I made the pictures, they would not work. By 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, tired and frustrated, I concluded it just wasn’t meant to be.
I had a full schedule Monday and wasn’t able to do anything stamping related. Last night after dinner, I decided to give it one more try and uploaded the photographs onto my main computer instead of my laptop. Spending an hour and half in Photoshop, I tested each picture one at a time and was able to get the photos a size that is readable and will fit within the parameters of my margins. Success at last!
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It’s not necessary to know how to sew to make this wallet, but if you have sewing experience, you will find this project much easier.
There are ten pieces to the wallet template. This picture gives the measurements and shows what the wallet should look like when sewn together. The front of the wallet consists of three pieces which can be seen three pictures below. All drawn lines are stitching lines.
This picture shows the measurements for the inside insert and the lining. Drawn lines are stitching lines.
These pieces are for the inside of the wallet, measurements are written on each piece. Drawn lines are stitching lines.
These are the three pieces for the front of the wallet.
This picture shows the pieces of the inside insert, lining and pieces to be sewn together.
Using your JustRite rectangular stamper, spell out “Genuine Leather” with the small letters (see photo below). Using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, center the words on one of the tan leather pieces measuring 4 1/2″ x 3″ using Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip Craft ink (die inks will not work on this paper). Then stamp the name of the individual on the tan paper measuring 4 1/2″ x 2 (see picture above with pattern pieces). Helpful Hint: Heat set the craft ink being very careful not to burn the paper.
Helpful hint: Leave your letters on this storage case for easy storing. I mist the letters with water when I’m finished, using a toothbrush I gently clean them. I use a tissue to absorb the “dirty” water and then place the letters back onto the black storage case they came in.
Place the three front pieces on grid paper, adhering the tan piece on the wrong side of the crocodile paper (here’s where sewing experience comes in, right side to wrong side, adhere with right side of the tan leather paper to the wrong side of the crocodile paper). Your finished measurements will be 3 1/2″ x 9 3/4″.
Stitch around all edges of the pattern pieces as shown above. For the piece with the name on it, sew across the tops of all three pieces, then stack them together and sew around all edges. DO NOT sew around the edges first and then across the tops or you will not be able to use the slots to insert gift cards.
Take the lining piece (crocodile paper) and adhere it to the top of the wrong side of the front of the wallet. This is needed to cover the top of the back of the paper. The rest will be hidden once the pattern pieces are adhered on.
Fold the crocodile flap over the piece that says “Genuine Leather” and adhere on the back side. On the back side of the pieces, place double sided tape on three sides (the sides and bottom).
Adhere the brown leather insert to the wrong side of the wallet front, leaving 1/16″ of an inch on the ends.
Now adhere the last two pieces to the brown leather insert, placing the piece with the crocodile flag on the left and placing the personalized piece on the right. All of the pieces are functional, you can place dollar bills between the wallet front and the tan leather insert, and gift cards in the three slots on the right side.
Fold the wallet together forming the crease line.
Inspiration for the wallet came from one I saw at Steinmart. I was shopping for my son’s birthday and came across a wallet that I liked. My son didn’t need a wallet, but I really liked this wallet. A lightbulb went off in my head. I opened it up and looked at the inside and thought, gee, I think I can do this, the wallet was just a plain old cowhide leather wallet. When I got home, I went upstairs and went through my stash of designer papers and found the tan leather paper, then I came across the crocodile paper and decided to use both in the design. I sat down and started drawing out rectangles and created the template. It took a couple of hours to make the template and to get it all to fit together. It was a hit with my son and husband.
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